America's 100 Largest Yachts 2009

While perusing the pages of this, our latest list of America's 100 Largest Yachts, you're likely to notice somethingof a trend. At presstime, a lot of the boats on the following pages were on the market-both newer builds and old. Now what's that all about? you might wonder. But don't fret. It doesn't mean that there's been a panic in the superyacht sphere and

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2009

While perusing the pages of this, our latest list of America’s 100 Largest Yachts, you’re likely to notice something of a trend. At presstime, a lot of the boats on the following pages were on the market—both newer builds and old. Now what’s that all about? you might wonder. But don’t fret. It doesn’t mean that there’s been a panic in the superyacht sphere and

100 Largest Yachts 2009 #96: Trident

Trident | 213'9" ( tie )

In June, during a tour of Dutch-based builders, I got a chance to take a short cruise around Amsterdam aboard this 214-foot beauty. And even though her Donald-Starkey interior was not yet complete, I did get to check out some of her more striking design elements. From the centerpiece elevator that Feadship rightly

100 Largest Yachts 2009 #82: Attessa

Attessa | 225'0" ( 71 )

Billionaire industrialist, shipping magnate, and true boat lover Dennis Washington owns this 226-foot beauty, which has a storied past despite her youthful appearance. She was originally launched in 1998 as the 203-foot Feadship Lady Avila. In May 2001, during a passage from Thailand to Rhodes, she caught fire

100 Largest Yachts 2009 #78: Martha Ann

Martha Ann | 229'6" ( 67 ) ( tie )

Martha Ann’s a globe-trotter of the first order. Since her launch in December 2007, she’s already made landfall in a host of palm-fringed ports in the Bahamas and western Caribbean. One of her most spottable attributes is her striking blue hull, a color not shared by sisterships Apoise (89)

100 Largest Yachts 2009 #65: Predator

Predator | 238'8" ( 54 )

At first glance Predator may seem like something out of a Jules Verne novel, but she is very real and very eye-catching. Her axe-bow design is actually a throwback to ships of the 1800’s, but by no means an exercise in nostalgia. According to Feadship, about six years ago it investigated the possibility of

100 Largest Yachts 2009 #31: Vibrant Curiosity

Vibrant Curiosity | 280'4"

Talk about pedigree. Vibrant Curiosity is the fourth in Oceanco’s line of Y700-code yachts, which means she counts as sisterships fellow Top 100-ers like Alfa Nero (35) and Amevi (39). And though Oceanco says the sleek appearance of this full-displacement, deeply flared beauty mixes “luxury” and “sobriety,” we

100 Largest Yachts 2009 #12: Dilbar

DEBUT: Dilbar -- 360'9" ( tie )

Known as project Opal during her construction, Dilbar launched in 2008. Since then she’s often been mistaken for other yachts by amateur yachtspotters, most often the same-named number 94 on our list, which was launched by Oceanco in 2005. Interestingly, both vessels had the same interior designer,

World's 100 Largest Yachts 2009

There’s no denying that, economically speaking, this has been a turbulent year all over the world. And yet flipping through the 2009 edition of "The Power & Motoryacht 100" you’d hardly know it. That’s because this year’s lineup of the world’s 100 largest yachts features more than ten humungous newcomers—some conversions, some new-builds, all of them

American Custom Yachts 90

Back in 1989, Monterey Marine, which became American Custom Yachts (ACY), launched a vessel named Renegade. At 80 feet LOA, her displacement was a mere 120,000 pounds, even with twin 7,000-hp MTU diesels that each weighed nearly seven tons. She reportedly reached a top speed of 55.9 mph (48.6 knots), and claimed the title of world’s fastest sportfisherman.

Now ACY is at it again.

Blue Belle

Room for 12 guests, 32 crew, and two 20-plus-foot sportboats.

No, your eyes do not deceive you: This yacht’s hull is blue. Not just any blue, but baby blue—perhaps the babiest blue ever applied to that ultimate symbol of technological machismo, the megayacht.

That something so apparently insignificant as hull color can, in

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